A Tampa man who previously has served seven prison sentences was arrested Thursday after police accused him of robbing three banks.
Frederick D. Williams, 32, was taken into custody at the Westfield Brandon mall hours after police said he robbed the C1 Bank at 110 S. Boulevard in Tampa.
Investigators said Williams was also responsible for robberies at Regions Bank, 5115 S. Dale Mabry Highway, on Aug. 31, and Chase Bank, 2001 N. Dale Mabry Highway, on Sept. 14.
At 10:09 a.m. Thursday, Williams walked into the C1 Bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money, police said. Within minutes, officers determined he had just checked out of the University Inn directly behind the bank and took a cab to the Brandon mall.
Police said officers responded to the mall, where Williams was seen exiting with purchases.
Williams, of 3008 E. Cayuga St., was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.
Police said witnesses identified Williams as the bank robber and that he admitted carrying out all three robberies.
He faces three counts of armed robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the state Department of Corrections, Williams’ incarceration history dates to 1987, and he was last released from prison Dec. 5 after service two years on drug charges.